The boxcar children were around when I was a little girl; in fact, these books were published the year I was born, but I really learned to appreciate them when I had my own young children that were just reading yet yearning to read a long book with chapters. Innocent and wholesome, the boxcar children are orphans that set up housekeeping in an old train boxcar, caring for each other with love and kindness. They are good and well-disciplined children but they do get into very interesting adventures. Your young reader will love them! Excellent beginning reading for a child who knows his phonics sounds well, and is eager to move into real books. Contains the original 1953 text with quaint, old fashioned original drawings in black and white, and a modern cover.